Limonana is one of the most popular drinks when you visit the Middle East. It's wonderfully refreshing and an absolute cinch to make! I also make this every time I have an excess of lemons or mint. Dear Reader, this is a pushy recipe!
The name Limonana is made up of the two key ingredients: lemon (limon) and mint (nana) and was said to originate in Syria or Turkey. The word Limonana also has a funny story behind it. It was the result of a fake ad campaign in Israel where they advertised a drink called Limonana on the sides of buses. Except the drink never existed and it was a stunt to demonstrate how effective bus advertising was. But now everyone knows limonana as a drink that is made with lemons, mint and sugar and it is an even more refreshing version of lemonade, often made into a slushie.
It quenches the thirst perfectly and you can make it as sweet as you want. I hope that you'll try and make this at least once although I suspect that if you try it once, it won't be the last time you make it. The only thing you need is a good blender, preferably a high speed blender. Otherwise you can make it in a regular food processor but be sure to use crushed ice and chop up the lemons quite small.
I made this batch when I had a bunch of mint left over from a shoot and I didn't have any plans to make anything else with it until I remembered one of my favourite ever things to drink is this slushie and it was a warm day. I had my heart set on making it because I wanted to drink it. Except when I went to find it I couldn't find it. Turns out it was bunched together with coriander. Oops!
I have mentioned how Mr NQN has selective blindness. However I had another instance of it recently. I searched in my bag for a voucher I was given. I couldn't find it at all-admittedly my handbag is like a bottomless abyss and I can't ever find anything in it. Mr NQN watched me scramble around in it like a monkey looking for a banana. "I must have left it in the Uber!" I said to him.
I went onto the Uber app and looked for how to find lost items. That led me to a message where I could ask the driver and within a few seconds my phone rang. It was calling the driver directly! He was clearly at home, tired with the tv on loudly in the background. "Yeah," he answered.
I explained my predicament and asked if he had found anything. "Nope, I clean my car at the end of every shift and there was nothing," he answered. I thanked him and figured that my voucher was lost.
Mr NQN asked, "Do you want me to look for it in your bag?" and I nodded yes. And sitting at the top of my bag was the voucher. "How did you not see this?" he said shaking his head. It's exactly what I say to him in the same incredulous tone when he can't find something!
So tell me Dear Reader, have you ever tried Limonana? Do you have selective blindness?